Sunny side up for Aid anglers

The third heat of the Kielder WaterAid Pairs competition was held on Sunday with bright sunshine dominating most of the day – making the fish cautious of surface tactics

THE third heat of the Kielder WaterAid Pairs competition was held on Sunday with bright sunshine dominating most of the day – making the fish cautious of surface tactics.

The five pairs through to the July 14 are: 1 Peter Crowe and Ernie Craster with 16 for 26lb 5oz; 2 Kevin Dinning and Rob Clarke, 16 for 26lb; 3 Alan Jenkins and Jim Tuck, 16 for 24lb 2oz; 4 Ray and Stephen Appleby, 13 for 22lb 1oz; and Mitch Fawcus and Grant Downie, 11 for 18lb 4oz.

The biggest fish of the week went to Paul James with a 5lb 2oz rainbow caught on Yellow PowerBait from the south side by the Dam Wall.

The best catch of the week was recorded by Dan Catterson with eight rainbows for 14lb 3oz on worm from the slipway at Hawkhope.

Sport has been mixed at Chatton this week.

Some anglers are enjoying success with dry flies and naturals on, or just below, the surface, while others have found success with lures and Diawl Bachs fished on a sinking line with a very slow retrieve.

Matty Divine from Hadston set a fishery record with a personal-best rainbow of 20lb 5oz taken from Chatton Lake, which also produced a 14lb 8oz rainbow for John Graham from Selkirk.

The next ladies’ fishing event will be on Saturday starting at 9.30am – for further information visit

Ian Robinson took advantage of this week’s excellent sport at Caistron Lakes to land seven, including a 9lb blue.

Caistron is holding a charity event for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation day on July 7.

Details will be on the fishery’s new website

Knitsley Mill remains weed-free and is fishing well with good numbers of trout feeding on the surface.

Anglers opting to use dry flies have enjoyed good surface sport, while Copper Buzzers have also taken fish – particularly with the easterly winds.

The next monthly competition is on July 6 with an 8.30am start.

Despite the bright, warm weather, South Linden has been fishing consistently well with fish rising in the evenings and lying deeper during the heat of the day.

G Maddison of Bedlington landed nine, including one of 22lb, and K Ainsley of Bill Quay landed 10, keeping one.

The sluice gate has been repaired and the bait lake is again full and stocked and ready to be fished.

The fly lake is now open from 8.30am to 9.30pm, with the bait lake opening between 8.30am and 6pm.

Northumberland Fly Dressers’ Guild visited Witton Castle Lakes on Sunday, with 12 anglers fishing on the day.

Frank Thresher had the largest fish at 3lb 6ozs and Phil Bilbrough was top rod with three for 6lb 6oz.

At Derwent Reservoir, the Kennedy family enjoyed great sport at the Oak Tree on Sunday, catching their 12 fish limit and buying a second ticket, going on to land 24 for 34lb 12oz and returning a further eight.

Robert Norman from Swalwell landed a tagged fish to take home a £200 jackpot.


Caistron: Hoppers, Buzzers and Olive dry flies.

Derwent: Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Kate Maclaren, Bibio, Black Buzzer, Black Hopper.

Fontburn: Dawson’s Olive, Peter Ross, Orange Gladiator, Fry and Mayfly patterns.

Jubilee: CdC patterns, shuttlecocks, Shipman’s Buzzers, Hoppers, Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers, Daddies, Black Foam Beetle, Adams, black dry flies, Zonkers.

Kielder: Clan Chief, Cat’s Whisker, Boobies.

South Linden: Diawl Bach, Black Fritz, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Green Montana, Viva, Bloodworm, Black Buzzer.

Witton Castle: Dry or emerger patterns,including black and olive CdC, Black and Olive Shipman’s Buzzers, Sedgehogs.


Derwent: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, Orange PowerBait Eggs.

Fontburn: Ledgered PowerBait and worm cocktails.

Kielder: Mepps, worm, Yellow PowerBait.


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